by Tyler P
Four years and millions of download later, the jQuery library is being used by 39% of the 10,000 most popular sites, 29% of the top 100,000 sites and 20% of the top million popular sites (“jquery usage statistics,” 2010) .
Figure 1: jQuery usage among the 10,000, 100,000 and 1,000,000 most popular sites
In addition to the basic library, a team of jQuery developers has released a series of “plug-ins” for the jquery library called jQuery UI. The jQuery UI plugin library features advanced user interface tools previously available throught the Adobe Flash products (“jQuery UI -,” 2010) . The advent of an open source tool that can rival the usability and functionality of Adobe Flash has changed the landscape and the methodology used by web developers to create interactive content. Developers no longer have to worry about developing interactive content within a flash player.
Ajax has become a stable development tool in the web developer community. Ajax allows users to interact, submit, post, and do an array of actions without having to refresh a page. Ajax drives chat windows, video players and advanced forms. Before the release of the jQuery library, developers had to write hundreds of lines of code and write in scenarios to fix different browser issues in order to fully utilize and deploy ajax driven websites and programs. One of the great features of the jQuery library is a function to perform ajax functions with a single line of code. jQuery allows developers to do more, and code less.
The benefits of using the jQuery library are many. Developers can save time and create more content for their clients for less money. It will cost less money in the future for companies to develop interactive content because the features available through jQuery are free and open to private use. Developing interactive content for the web used to involve purchasing expensive Adobe suits and products like Flash, Dreamweaver and Flex. Now anybody can download the library for free and get it up and in use in a short amount of time.
History – jQuery project. (2010). Retrieved from http://jquery.org/history
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jQuery UI – About jQuery UI – the jQuery UI team. (2010). Retrieved from http://jqueryui.com/about